A Few of Our Favorite Things
A single, flashing, red traffic light — the only one in the county — blinks at the "T" at the end of Main St., giving you pause as you decide which way you want to drive out of town. Growing up in the very small census-designated place of Sierraville with chickens, horses, and a big kitchen garden, and neighbors who ran a cattle ranch across the street, gave us a lot of freedom in our adolescence to explore the land around us. This upbringing makes us all-the-more grateful that we get to be a part of a small and vibrant agricultural community once again.
Being connected to the seasons on the farm is one of our favorite things. We feel lucky to have some structure of the seasonal happenings on the farm in these uncertain times. Also, the connection to the community that we get by greeting customers at the farm store, the farmers markets, and even online through emails, social media, and reviews — getting to share in their enjoyment of the products that our team works hard to make is very heart-warming.
In this winter season, we thought that we’d share with you some of our favorite products and recipes that we’ve enjoyed since coming to Bow Hill. You might have heard us say it before, but the pickled blueberries have turned out to be a favorite for all of us so forgive us for spamming you with pickle content, we’re #sorrynotsorry.
First up is a Rasmussen family recipe from Ezra & Audrey’s maternal grandma. Enjoyed on holidays and special occasions, æbleskiver, which means apple pieces, is a kind of 3D fruit-filled pancake that is made in its own special pan. This Danish breakfast treat, which’s traditionally made with a spiced apple piece in the center, became the one that we enjoyed as kids with a piece of pineapple in the center instead. We're mixing it up again and using some cute pickled blueberries for a new family tradition. (This æbleskiver recipe coming soon!)
Andrew started working in restaurants in high school, saving up for college, and he worked at the local farm-to-table restaurant, Marché, in Eugene while studying journalism at the University of Oregon (where he and Audrey met). Growing up on Cape Cod, summers in high school were spent working at a local restaurant and bar where he started as a barback but was occasionally stepping in as the underage bartender (shhh) for old-timer locals that came in to order their Manhattans and martinis. He’s sharing our new favorite cozy drink, the True Blueberry Tea, as a winter warm-up while we all wait for spring to come.
Main photo: Ranz family home in Sierraville, CA.
Salmon photo credit: This is Feeling
Cocktail recipe created by Eric Bemis from the Chuckanut Manor